Hackers are having a blast as they’ve stolen several shows from Netflix and conventional TV networks. Interestingly enough, some of the shows leaked are quite popular, which means, Netflix and television stations have a lot to lose.

According to the report, the hackers are attempting to use the shows as ransom. So far, a series known as “Orange Is the hackers leaked The New Black.” They have threatened to release more to the public unless Netflix and TV operators meet their demands.

For now, we’re not certain what those demands are, but they are likely monetary.

We understand the hackers, or hacker for that matter, goes by the name “the dark overlord,” and has so far stolen data from the likes of ABC, Fox, National Geographic and IFC

How did the hacker manage to get hands on the episodes?

The report claims a popular digital mixing service located in Los Angeles known as Larson Studios, had the shows in its possession. Unfortunately, the hacker gained access and laid hands on several shows.

At the moment, we only know of “Orange Is The New Black” as one popular series. The names of the others are being kept secret. Then again, one must take into consideration the hacker could be bluffing. Nevertheless, studios won’t bargain with pirates, so expect more leaked shows on the web in the coming days.

What the hacker had to say on Twitter

“Oh, what fun we’re all going to have,” the hacker said. “We’re not playing any games anymore.”

As for Netflix, the company had planned to release “Orange Is The New Black” on June 9, 2017. With all episodes leaked to the web, there’s a good chance Netflix could release them before the planned date.

Netflix had this to say in a recent statement

“We are aware of the situation. A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised, and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”

Ransom and extortion attacks have become very problematic in recent times, and there’s no end in sight.

Furthermore, this shows how weak the security is at post production studios, and no doubt, companies will work harder to make things better.

The China factor

Netflix has a lot on its plate recently, and this latest incident only adds to the stress. The company is making moves to get its toe wet in China, a market that has already tasted the world of streaming movies from several local competitors.

Getting its toe in China is one thing, but creating a striving business against several local streaming services is another.